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    Anyone visited Preah Vihear or Ta Muen?

    could not decide it this belongs in the Temple forum .. or perhaps the central forum.
    my interest is the travel / road trip part .. more than the temple aspect..

    I'd definitely like to do a road trip south of Korat, Buri Ram & Surin ..

    any hoo .. has any one been to these temples?
    before the 'front page news' / world heritage site?

    brit & french maps I have seen show both temples + angkor to be in Siam pre French Indochina colonial expansion in the late 1880s
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    Quote Originally Posted by foreigner View Post
    could not decide it this belongs in the Temple forum .. or perhaps the central forum.
    my interest is the travel / road trip part .. more than the temple aspect..

    I'd definitely like to do a road trip south of Korat, Buri Ram & Surin ..

    any hoo .. has any one been to these temples?
    before the 'front page news' / world heritage site?

    brit & french maps I have seen show both temples + angkor to be in Siam pre French Indochina colonial expansion in the late 1880s

    I went to Tamuan about 6 weeks ago. Only small temple but good to see. I've never been to Khao Preah Vihear. I'd like to go though, but not sure if it's open for tourists to visit again.

    I live in Surin. very chilling place.

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    Absoultey crackin thread MeMock really happy you bought to my attention.

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    I enjoyed a visit to Preah Vihear about 2 years ago. It was an interesting experience. The drive to the temple is through a national park and opened into a large car park with food stalls to one side. There were information and small conference buildings on the cliff side. The view from the cliff looks into Cambodia. You can also walk down the cliff to look at rock paintings.

    Avoiding the numerous touts trying to drum up business I walked past the helipads to an office where I think paid a small amount for a ticket. There was no need for my passport to be stamped. I then walked over a rocky area towards a small stream that marked the boundary being careful not to walk on areas that may have contained unexploded land mines.

    The fence along the stream and beside the path to the Cambodian side all carried “danger land mine” signs. Once across the stream you enter an area with souvenir stalls and a Cambodian office where you purchase an entry ticket.

    From there you walk up a series of rough stone steps leading up a number of levels to the temple proper. It’s an interesting place to visit with different levels comprising temples, stone paths and a large rectangular stone bathing pool.

    The Halo Trust was still de mining the area and that included areas within 2 metres of the paths. Areas were roped off with signs warning not to leave the paths and sticks with white flags marking land mines.

    Once at the top of the hill the view into Cambodia was fantastic. The contrast between Thailand and Cambodia was amazing. The Cambodian side was covered in trees and no rice paddies could be seen. You overlook a small town in Cambodia with a solitary dirt road leading into it. The silence was one thing I did notice. I could hear a lone motorbike in that town.

    The downside of the visit was the swarms of small kids constantly trying to sell you postcards, souvenirs etc or walk beside you carrying an umbrella.

    It was definitely worth a visit. The thought of being so close to hundreds of unexploded landmines although unnerving added to the thrill of visiting the temple.

    Just seen MeMocks thread. The pics are just as I remembered the place. I have to agree the money paid on the Thai side was money for nothing.

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    we have been there a few years ago, it is very nice place the problem is you enter a national park where you pay your fa rang entry a little high then you park the car near the food shops along the road continue on foot, pay entry to the Cambodian site and climp a steep stairway to the top (for me it was a very tired exercise bad legs and knees etc) but its worth it, pity they are making trouble again the Thai's, when I remember good they lost the territory when they let the Japanese in Thailand
    with almost no resistance, when they claim Pre Vihaern as Thai they can also claim Angkor as Thai

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